Application Aware Bandwidth Control Meraki Traffic Shaper is the the first cloud-based bandwidth shaper, and the first intelligent bandwidth control integrated into a wireless network. Traffic Shaper allows administrators to see precisely how their network is being used and to reserve bandwidth for critical applications while restricting recreational network usage.
Powerful Insight and Control
• Analyze network traffic by application or application class • Enforce traffic shaping policies (e.g., limit each user's peer to peer traffic) • Stay up to date with hundreds of constantly updated application signatures • Prioritize critical applications using QoS policies
Traffic Control is Business Critical
Wireless LANs have become a critical part of a network infrastructure. Yet mission-critical applications increasingly compete with recreational network usage. The result? The ability to intelligently control wireless traffic translates directly to business application performance.
Port-Based Controls No Longer Suffice
Bandwidth hungry recreational applications, such as video streaming and peer to peer file sharing, have proliferated within businesses and schools and can cripple the performance of critical applications. Yet the line between recreational and business application is not always clear. Wireless organizations need an intelligent, adaptive system to recognize which is which - without costly and complex traffic shaping appliances.
Cloud-Hosted Application Fingerprints are Always Current
Traffic Shaper's cloud-based signature database is constantly updated, enabling Traffic Shaper to identify new and changing applications, without requiring the administrator to download and install software updates. Meraki's cloud-based architecture also enables Traffic Shaper to continually learn from Meraki's 15,000+ networks and millions of users, increasing the accuracy and precision of application fingerprints.
Line-Rate Layer 7 Fingerprinting on Every Access Point
Traffic Shaper operates through a custom-built layer 7 packet inspection engine running on each Meraki 802.11n access point. Meraki Traffic Shaper recognizes hundreds of applications, including recreational applications such as YouTube and BitTorrent, and business applications like Salesforce.com and Google Apps. Traffic Shaper provides extensive visibility and control into network usage. Administrators may view and control bandwidth consumption by application, by content type (e.g. video, audio, text), and by user. Meraki Traffic Shaper runs at line rate, with no loss of performance.
Traffic Shaper will be available for use by all Meraki Enterprise customers, with no additional hardware or software, and at no additional cost. Traffic Shaper is currently in beta, and will be generally available September 30.